The Society for Law and Culture

Formed by Maxwell Goss, a practicing attorney and former Wilbur Fellow, the Society for Law and Culture is an organization for lawyers, judges, professionals, and academics. Through engagement with the best of philosophy, literature, history, theology, and the arts, the Society aims to strengthen the ties between law and culture and promote a renewed sense of the law as a vocation and humane profession.

The Society gathered in May of 2018 to discuss “Moral Imagination and the Law.” As Edmund Burke famously wrote, it is the “moral imagination” which supplies the customs, morals, and ideas—in a word, culture—that lend humanity its unique dignity. In the words of Russell Kirk, the moral imagination “aspires to the apprehending of right order in the soul and right order in the commonwealth.” Through a lively mix of lecture and discussion, each session of the gathering explored the role of the moral imagination in law and the practice of law.

“Moral Imagination and the Trial Judge”
The Honorable Stephen Murphy
United States District Judge, Eastern District of Michigan

“Knowledge and the Common Law Tradition”
Allen Mendenhall, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Blackstone and Burke Center for Law and Liberty, Faulkner University

Table Read
Trial Scene, William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

“William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: When Mercy Seasons Justice”
Clare Nuechterlein
Distinguished Practitioner Emerita, Valparaiso University

Keynote Presentation
“Originalism and the Individual Jurist: Can T.S. Eliot Teach Us Anything About Constitutional Law?”
The Honorable Caleb Stegall
Justice, Kansas Supreme Court


Caleb Stegall, a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, speaking at the gathering in May, 2018.

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